Have you been to Savannah? No, I’m not talking about a grassy plain with scattered trees in subtropical regions of Africa. I’m talking about Savannah, Georgia!
A little over a week ago, I told you were were going to Savannah for a mini vacation and also scope it out for a possible place to move to. Well, we’re home and I can’t wait to share with you our adventure!
The best way to experience Savannah is on foot. We started our day at the water front (River Street). Music, from street musicians, fills the air as you walk down cobblestone streets.
You’ll find a lot of stores (from antique stores to homemade praline candies that you can smell blocks away), street vendors (everything from art to tchotchkes) and restaurants in this area.
Also in this area, you can take a river boat ride on the Savannah River, visit a World War II memorial and see boats … lots of boats … everything from small boats, vintage boats, yachts and cruise ships.
After leaving the waterfront, we continued with walking around the historic district as we made our way to another famous landmark of the food scene – Paula Deen’s Lady and Sons Restaurant.
The Lady and Sons and its attached gift store take up much of a weathered brick building on Congress Street.
Each morning at 9:30, the restaurant sets up shop outside its front door to take reservations, first-come, first-served. There are apparently three lunch and three dinner seating times from which to choose, but once they’re gone, they’re gone.
The line extended the entire block, so I knew that Gary wouldn’t be patient enough to wait in line with the chance that you may not even get a reservation. I’m just going to have to go again, but this time with some gal pals who don’t mind waiting for good Southern food.
Walking the streets of the historic district of Savannah puts you on a natural high. Can’t walk that much? Then I suggest a horse and carriage ride or a trolley tour. We passed more of those than we did cars.
Love architecture, like I do? Well then you are in for a big treat. You’ll pass historic mansions, houses and buildings; each with its own character.
Each street leads to a different town square. There are 22 squares each having fountains, park benches or different monuments celebrating the heritage of the area.
Make sure to visit Chippewa square … then you can say you’ve seen (or sat on) the famous bench where the movie Forest Gump was filmed. Do you remember that scene where is delivers that memorable line “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
Hundred year old gnarled and twisted trees line the streets drizzling a canopy of Spanish Moss.
Next, we made our way over to St. John the Baptist Cathedral with its beautiful twin spires walking through various squares along the way.
It was truly magnificent both inside and out. I think I will save my photos of the inside for a separate post, so be sure to look out for it soon.
After our tour of the cathedral, we decided to head to Tybee Island, a beautiful stretch of sand just outside town. Tybee Island is a beach destination in its own right, but it’s equally satisfying as just an afternoon trip.
We checked out the beach, saw the lighthouse and museum (we decided not to take a tour of the museum because it was almost closing time) and ate dinner Spanky’s.
Well that’s all for today! Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Savannah adventure!
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